We are very excited about your child being a part of the Longview ISD Athletic Program. As per UIL policy, all students entering the 7th, 9th, and 11th grades must have a new physical. Other students may need a new physical as indicated on the medical history form.Here are a few things to remember when helping your child fill out the LISD Student Information Packet:
1. Write in blue or black ink ONLY
2. Write legibly so we can read your writing
3. Please fill in ALL blanks
4. Please put a telephone number in all designated areas; we understand your hesitancy to list your private number, but we guarantee you that these numbers will be for emergency use only
5. Please sign your name on pages 5, 6, & 7 and fill out page 3
6. Please make sure your child does not fold or bend the packet
7. Write ’15-'16 in the space marked “school year”
8. In spaces titled GRADE, please write the grade your student will be entering for the 2015-2016 school year
9. We will not accept any physicals dated before April 1, 2016
The Longview ISD Athletic Department has recently become involved in an ECG Screening project for which the goal is to offer heart screening for all student athletes at Longview High School.
Along with the Brandon Goyne Foundation and Who We Play For Organization, a team of qualified volunteers will come to Longview High School and administer the ECG’s. A cardiologist who works with the Who We Play For Organization reads and interprets the tests and sends the results back to the athletic trainers usually in 3-4 days. Once the ECG results are in the hands of the athletic trainers, you will be given the opportunity to obtain a copy of the ECG for your child’s records.
The results are put into 3 categories: Low Risk, Yellow Flag and Red Flag/High Risk. 95% of students tested fall into the Low Risk category and no further testing is required. About 4.5% of students’ tests will come back with a Yellow Flag indicating a possible abnormality on the test that requires further testing and/or consulting with a cardiologist. Those students yellow flagged are still able to participate in athletics while they seek further testing. The remaining .5% of tests that come back with a Red Flag should not participate in any athletic activity until they are seen and evaluated by a cardiologist. These students are considered high risk for sudden cardiac death according to their ECG tests.
Some diseases and conditions that can be evaluated by an ECG include Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) or thickening of the heart, Long QT Syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White Disease, Arrhythmia and Abnormal Right Ventricular Disease, which all are electrical conduction issues of the heart. Problems with the timing of muscle contractions, valves opening and closing, and muscles releasing can be detected with an ECG.
The Brandon Goyne Foundation is able to provide this service to our student athletes for the very low cost of $15 per test. In a hospital setting, this test usually costs a minimum of $100. We are asking for your cooperation as parents and guardians to help us take advantage of the services offered by the Brandon Goyne Foundation and Who We Play For Organization by signing the consent form that will be given to your child. I encourage you to read more about the Brandon Goyne Foundation (www.thebrandongoynefoundation.com) and the personal story behind the Goyne Family’s dedication to the heart health of all athletes. More information on the Who We Play For Organization can be found at www.whoweplayfor.org. If you have any questions or concerns about the ECG screening at Longview High School, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail our athletic trainers. We are happy to assist you in any way we can.